Suggested Course Sequence:
A Three+ Year Plan

Your course plan may be customized to meet your needs. Choose from specializations in:

Curriculum and Instruction Specialization

Year One

Autumn
EDU 7101 Instructional Theory (3)
EDU 7300* Introduction to Educational Research and Statistics (3)
 
Winter
EDU 7102 Curriculum Design (3)
EDU 7972 Doctoral Research Design and Analysis I (3)
 
Spring
EDU 7973 Doctoral Research Design and Analysis II (3)
EDU 7107 Program Evaluation (3)
 
Summer
EDU 7974 Doctoral Research Design and Analysis III (3)
EDU 7910 Seminar in Educational Values (3)
Elective (3 credits)

Year Two

Autumn
EDU 7120 Educational Organizations and Systems (3)
EDU 6085 Moral and Theological Issues in Education (3)
 
Winter
EDU 7990 Leadership Colloquium (3)
EDU 7977* Review of Research Methods and Statistics (3)
Elective/Specialization course (3 credits)
 
Spring
EDU 7978* Review of Theory and Research in Curriculum and Instruction (3)
EDU 6120 American Education: Past and Present (3)
 
Summer
EDU 7106 Trends and Research in Global Education (3)
EDU 7108 Access and Equity in Education (3)
Colloquium Presentation

Year Three

Autumn
Electives (9 credits)
 
Winter
Electives (6 credits)
 
Spring
Electives (6 credits)
 
Summer
EDU 7991 Dissertation Orientation (1)
Writing workshop
 
* can be substituted with other electives

Year Four

Autumn
EDU 7995 Dissertation (17)
can be spread out over four quarters


Executive Leadership Specialization

Year One

Autumn
EDAD 7584 Resource Management (3)
EDAD 7890 Executive Leadership Field Experience (1)
 
Winter
EDAD 7582 Education Law and Policy Studies (3)
EDAD 7890 Executive Leadership Field Experience (1)
 
Spring
EDAD 7589 Policy, Governance, and Ethics (3)
EDAD 7890 Executive Leadership Field Experience (1)
 
Summer
EDU 7910 Seminar in Educational Values (3)

Year Two

Autumn
EDU 7120 Educational Organizations and Systems (3)
EDAD 7580 Improving Student Learning (3)
EDAD 7890 Executive Leadership Field Experience (1)
 
Winter
EDAD 7586 Interpersonal Relations (3)
EDAD 7890 Executive Leadership Field Experience (1)
EDU 6085 Moral and Theological Issues in Education (3)
 
Spring
EDAD 7581 Systems Leadership (3)
EDAD 7890 Executive Leadership Field Experience (1)
EDU 6120 American Education: Past and Present (3)
 
Summer
EDU 7106 Trends and Research in Global Education (3)
EDU 7108 Access and Equity in Education (3)

Year Three

Autumn
EDU 7101 Instructional Theory (3) (includes new doctoral student orientation)
EDU 7300* Introduction to Educational Research and Statistics (3)
Elective (3 credits)
 
Winter
EDU 7102 Curriculum Design (3)
EDU 7972 Doctoral Research Design and Analysis I (3)
EDU 7990 Leadership Colloquium (3)
 
Spring
EDU 7107 Program Evaluation (3)
EDU 7973 Doctoral Research Design and Analysis II (3)
EDU 7978* Review of Theory and Research in Curriculum and Instruction (3)
 
Summer
EDU 7991 Dissertation Orientation (1)
EDU 7974 Doctoral Research Design and Analysis III (3)
Colloquium Presentation
 
* can be substituted with other electives

Year Four

Autumn
EDU 7995 Dissertation (17)
can be spread out over four quarters

Digital Education Leadership Specialization

Year One

Autumn
EDTC 6100 Leadership in Digital Education Orientation (1)
EDTC 6101 Values, Ethics, and Foundations in Digital Education (5)
 
Winter
EDTC 6102 Teaching, Learning, and Assessment I (5)
EDU 6120 American Education: Past and Present (3)
 
Spring
EDTC 6103 Teaching, Learning, and Assessment II (5)
 
Summer
EDTC 6104 Digital Learning Environments (5)
EDU 7910 Seminar in Educational Values (3)

Year Two

Autumn
EDTC 6105 Educational Technology Leadership (5)
EDU 7101 Instructional Theory (3) (includes new doctoral student orientation)
 
Winter
EDTC 6106 Professional Development and Program Evaluation (5)
EDU 7102 Curriculum Design (3)
 
Spring
EDTC 6107 Capstone: Content Knowledge and Professional Growth (5)
EDTC 6108 Leadership in Digital Education Practicum (3)
 
Summer
EDU 7106 Trends and Research in Global Education (3)
EDU 7108 Access and Equity in Education (3)
Colloquium Presentation

Year Three

Autumn
EDU 7300* Introduction to Educational Research and Statistics (3)
EDU 7120 Educational Organizations and Systems (3)
 
Winter
EDU 7972 Doctoral Research Design and Analysis I (3)
EDU 7977* Review of Research Methods and Statistics (3)
EDU 7990 Leadership Colloquium (3)
Spring
EDU 7973 Doctoral Research Design and Analysis II (3)
EDU 7978* Review of Theory and Research in Curriculum and Instruction (3)
Summer
EDU 7974 Doctoral Research Design and Analysis III (3)
EDU 7991 Dissertation Orientation (1)
Colloquium Presentation
* can be substituted with other electives

Year Four

Autumn
EDU 7995 Dissertation (17)
can be spread out over four quarters


Literacy Specialization

Year One

Autumn
EDU 7101 Instructional Theory (3)
EDU 7300* Introduction to Educational Research and Statistics (3)
 
Winter
EDU 7102 Curriculum Design (3)
EDU 7972 Doctoral Research Design and Analysis I (3)
 
Spring
EDU 7973 Doctoral Research Design and Analysis II (3)
EDU 7107 Program Evaluation (3)
 
Summer
EDU 7974 Doctoral Research Design and Analysis III (3)
EDU 7910 Seminar in Educational Values (3)
EDU 7106  Trends and Research in Global Education (3)

Year Two

Autumn
EDU 7120 Educational Organizations and Systems (3)
EDRD 6507 Language Development, Diversity, and Literacy (3)
 
Winter
EDU 7990 Leadership Colloquium (3)
EDU 7977* Review of Research Methods and Statistics (3)
 
Spring
EDU 7978* Review of Theory and Research in Curriculum and Instruction (3)
EDSP 6653 Teaching Reading to Exceptional Students (3)
 
Summer
EDU 7991 Dissertation Orientation (1)
EDU 7108 Access and Equity in Education (3)
Colloquium Presentation

Year Three

Autumn
Electives (6 credits)
 
Winter
EDRD 6533 Writing: Process to Product (3)
EDRD 6641 Foundations of Reading Instruction (3)
 
Spring
EDRD 6529 or Teaching Reading: Strategies of Instruction (3)
      EDRD 6530 Teaching Reading in the Content Areas (3)
Elective (3 credits)
 
Summer
EDRD 6506 Literacy Assessment and Standards (3)
EDRD 6508 Vocabulary Development (3)
 
* can be substituted with other electives

Year Four

Autumn
EDU 7995 Dissertation (17)
can be spread out over four quarters


Self-Designed Specialization

Year One

Autumn
EDU 7101 Instructional Theory (3)
EDU 7300* Introduction to Educational Research and Statistics (3)
 
Winter
EDU 7102 Curriculum Design (3)
EDU 7972 Doctoral Research Design and Analysis I (3)
 
Spring
EDU 7973 Doctoral Research Design and Analysis II (3)
EDU 7107 Program Evaluation (3)
 
Summer
EDU 7974 Doctoral Research Design and Analysis III (3)
EDU 7910 Seminar in Educational Values (3)
Elective (3 credits)

Year Two

Autumn
EDU 7120 Educational Organizations and Systems (3)
EDU 6085 Moral and Theological Issues in Education (3)
 
Winter
EDU 7990 Leadership Colloquium (3)
EDU 7977* Review of Research Methods and Statistics (3)
Elective/Specialization course (3 credits)
 
Spring
EDU 7978* Review of Theory and Research in Curriculum and Instruction (3)
EDU 6120 American Education: Past and Present (3)
 
Summer
EDU 7106 Trends and Research in Global Education (3)
EDU 7108 Access and Equity in Education (3)
Colloquium Presentation

Year Three

Autumn
Electives (9 credits)
 
Winter
Electives (6 credits)
 
Spring
Electives (6 credits)
 
Summer
EDU 7991 Dissertation Orientation (1)
Writing workshop
 
* can be substituted with other electives

Year Four

Autumn
EDU 7995 Dissertation (17)
can be spread out over four quarters

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